Addressing learners at Thusa Sethjaba Secondary School on Thursday, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has challenged Grade 12 learners to obtain at least four distinctions to qualify for her sponsorship to study at a university.
The Minister had paid a visit to her former school in Poortjie, Gauteng when she said she will be communicating with the class of 2017 top performing student at the school as she wants to help pay for her university fees.
“I can come back and support another child next year but on condition that you obtain four distinctions; if you are in matric and want our full support, you must get a minimum of four distinctions,” Minister Kubayi-Ngubane said.
Kubayi-Ngubane donated a computer lab as well as a television set with a set-top-box as part of the Back to school campaign to the school in aims to improve performance.
Minister Kubayi-Ngubane urged learners to be aware and avoid drug abuse but instead take responsibility for their own lives by making choices that will have a positive impact on their futures and working hard from the beginning of the year.
“Take responsibility for your life. Your parents can do as much as they can…your teachers can discipline and instill good values in you but unless you are a good recipient, nothing will happen in your life,” she said.
Expressing gratitude to the Minister for donations provided, the School Principal Jim Gomba said; “I feel honoured because we have always been neglected by various stakeholders. The only donation we get is directly from the department which is a limited budget.”
He said the computers will benefit the 1496 learners who will use them for research and computer lessons.
“Over the years the school has always had a Grade 12 pass rate of between 90% – 100% which we achieved with limited resources so this will assist the school,” Gomba said.